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Pickguard or No?
With Pickguard
21%
 21%  [ 8 ]
NO Pickguard
78%
 78%  [ 29 ]
Total Votes : 37

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Boonedog



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Pickguard or No? Reply with quote

OK, I know polls are silly, and whether I put a pickguard on or don't is my decision and no-one really cares, but you guys helped create this monster of a guitar finishing hobby that's taking over my garage and evenings, so I have to ask.

This is a Gibson LP Studio that I'm in the process of refinishing in translucent blue. Clearcoat is on, going to give it a month before doing my final polish and assembly, so the finish will all look much better, but I'm playing with mockup right now.

In my finish process, I have filled the pickguard holes enough that they are only noticable as small dots. They are not holes at all at this point. Before I drill, what do you think, pickguard or not?

I think most LP's look incomplete without the traditional pickguard, but with blue color isn't exactly traditional either. Just looking for some opionins and thoughts on what you think looks best.

Picks are paired with and without the guard from about the same angle.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe a pearl guard would look cool.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say no guard. I have a rootbeer burst with no guard and I like it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman wrote:
Maybe a pearl guard would look cool.



A white pearl would look great on that. Otherwise I say no pg.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the pickguard on Les Pauls, but the black on blue just doesn't do it for me.

Is it in your budget to change out the plastics to cream to match the new binding?
If not, I would go without the pg.

Kind of a crude photoshop, but you get the idea.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, interesting thoughts already, none of which I'd thought of. Pearl pickguard would actually be very cool with the fret markers as they are.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a clear one?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny you mention matching the binding, since the 'binding' is really natural maple, I had thought about real maple pickup rings . Available from either Stewmac or LMII, don't remember which, but at $35 or so each, I don't think I'm going to do that.

I have black on the brain because I was originally going with black paint, then heavily considering a blue to black burst, and experimented on scrap with black dye, sanded back followed by blue on the top. (But the wood and binding came out looking good enough that I stayed with just blue.)

Rock-On!! wrote:
I like the pickguard on Les Pauls, but the black on blue just doesn't do it for me.

Is it in your budget to change out the plastics to cream to match the new binding?
If not, I would go without the pg.

Kind of a crude photoshop, but you get the idea.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: PG Reply with quote

Go with a chrome pg bracket and a custon pg from
www.pickguardian.com
He has every possible combo and color for your custom build...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it without.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say no pickguard but it could use some different knobs.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say no or white or cream.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone, that black trim is just what I have leftover from some projects. I didn't buy any of it specifically for this guitar.

I think I'll just order a full set of cream trim to experiment with also, along with some gold knobs.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted NO P.G.

But then I saw someone else mention white pearl....I am kinda partial to white "mother of toilet-seat" (or pearl I guess) it might look cool, but I always liked Pauls with NO P.G.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just say no to pickguards on LP's....
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